January 2019

Why Considering a Cheap Mattress Just isn’t Worth it

Perhaps 2019 means it’s time for you to get a new mattress? Especially if you’re having trouble sleeping or wake up feeling tired.

As you search around you’ll no doubt be tempted by discounts, sales and bargains. Which may lead to you looking for the cheapest option. However, it’s always worth remembering that the true value of a good quality mattress, comes down to more than just the price tag.

At John Ryan, we know how crucial the quality of a mattress is when it comes to getting the soothing and supportive sleep that you deserve, which is why you should consider more than just going for the cheapest available when it’s time to get a new one. Your mattress is an investment in far more than just where you sleep at night, and the last thing you want is to regret your mattress purchase and be uncomfortable for the next 7 years or so of sleep.

So, we wanted to go through what you’ll be missing out on by not thinking carefully about your purchase, in order to highlight the reasons why only considering a cheap mattress just isn’t worth it in the long run.

Missing out on a mattress made in the UK

You might be tempted to go for some of the cheapest mattresses online, which often means two things.

  1. You’re looking at a mattress using low-quality cheap fillings or worse, recycled fibres such as shredded pre owned clothing and materials, to bulk up the mattress
  2. They will be mass machine produced and imported from a long-term storage facility overseas.

Discounted beds are more often than not produced in another country, using the lowest grade materials to keep costs down and then sold onto mattress retailers here, who then sell them on at cut-rate prices.

What would you prefer; a very cheap bed that’s probably been sitting somewhere in storage for months? One that has no details of the fillings, GSM or support units. Or a bed built to order for you and to the highest standards right here in the UK?

handmade mattress

With John Ryan, we know how important it is to know where your mattress has come from before it arrives at your home. We pride ourselves in crafting the finest Luxury Mattresses that are assembled from traditional British quality materials, and selling them at a realistic price. So that you get the best sleep quality experience that’s long-lasting and luxurious. Purchasing a tailor made mattress made right here in the UK will make a big difference to how well you sleep at night.

Also, for a true celebration of British origin and heritage, take a look at the story of all the magnificent materials we used to create the world’s finest handmade, all natural, and most luxurious mattress – the John Ryan Legacy.

What should you expect to get for your money?

With sales spin, discount codes and fancy branding to one side; here we provide you with a guide to see exactly what you should expect depending on your budget. This way you can start to compare what bargains you may have found against what you can expect.

How much to spend on a double mattress?What can I expect for my money?
Under £500Will not get you much at best a 13.5 gauge open coil/cage sprung with a thin polyester layer or a solid foam mattress.
£500Entry level spunbond springs with some form of synthetic upholstery. Usually one sided mattresses.
£750The beginnings of a basic pocket springs unit with 800 – 1000 count. No substantial amount of filling other than foams and synthetic materials. Two sided models.
£1000Should get you away from most low ranges and into the mid-range pocket spring models.
£1250Should get you a decent pocket sprung mattress with some Natural Fibre content.
£1500Should get you many manufacturers mid-range models with Natural Fibres
£1500-£2000Should get you a Hand Made primarily Natural Fibre Quality Mattress
£2000+You should expect 100% Natural Fibres and Traditional Hand Made Construction Method.
£5000+A Bespoke Hand Made Sleep System, High-end Spring Units & Featuring the Worlds Most Luxurious Natural Fibres.

Speaking of quality materials, a mattress that’s truly worth your money should be skilfully woven and crafted by experts who have the passion, knowledge and experience to create and deliver the sleep experience you deserve. If you opt for the cheapest possible mattress on the market, it’s safe to say that you simply won’t be getting a product that’s had the same high level of dedicated workmanship put into it. More than likely it will be a cage sprung mattress that’s crudely topped with synthetic fibres or cheap heat retentive foams.

John Ryan understands that the little details really matter, which is why every single one of our mattresses is meticulously constructed; from the formation of their springs through to when they are sent off to our customers.

artisan 1500

Check out the complete 21 day journey of our Luxury Artisan 1500 so that you can see exactly what you’re getting for your hard earned money. Transforming your restless nights into relaxing and soothing slumbers is the difference quality workmanship can make. So why forego all that for a cheaper mattress that’s been put together with no real effort or thought for you?

Consider your cost per sleep

Speaking of an investment, it’s always important to remember that a good quality mattress that’s worth its value should last you at least 7 years before you need to consider replacing it. Therefore, it’s important to stop thinking about your new mattress choice as a one off purchase, instead you need to work out your price per sleep to see its true value.

It helps to divide the price by each night you’re going to benefit from your new mattress, because then the initial expense won’t seem so budget busting. Don’t forget, you will use your mattress more than any other household item. So, if you take a luxurious and tailor made mattress like our Artisan 1500 which costs £965.00, that will only work out a £137.85 per year over 7 years, and just 37p per sleep.

Granted, you might find a more cheaply made, low-quality mattress that works out less per sleep. However, what’s the guarantee and shelf life likely to be of such a mattress? Think of the soothing, satisfying and supportive experiencing you could have for just a few pence more each night.

Remember GSM is worth more than the price

GSM (Grams per square metre) really helps you to see where your money is going when purchasing a new pocket sprung mattress, because it’s the figure that can be used to establish the fundamental level of quality of any mattress.

mattress upholstery layers

It refers to the actual weight per square metre of a specific upholstery component used within the mattress. The ‘combined upholstery weight GSM’ also lets you determine the weight of the entire depth of the various upholstery components, which have been used on top of the mattress springs.

Essentially if you know your GSM times table when considering a particular mattress, you’ll know exactly how it measures up in terms of quality when compared to other mattresses. You won’t even need to test it out physically first. Although you might see two mattresses that look similar in terms of the number of springs they contain, never take fancy descriptions at face value. Always ask about the GSM of all the components used, because it might turn out that your paying more for a much cheaper mattress in terms of the components used for the bulk of the upholstery.

You need to consider your health and wellbeing

Subjecting yourself to a constant lack of quality sleep time and restless nights will eventually lead to serious sleep deprivation. This can lead to some serious health problems, such as having a higher risk of obesity, diabetes or heart disease, and it can also diminish your memory skills and even your ability to learn new information. Forcing yourself to sleep each night on a low quality, cheaply made mattress every night will only exacerbate the problem.

Opting for a more realistically priced, higher quality Luxury Mattress will be like you putting in an investment in your overall health and wellbeing for the next 7 or so years. You’ll be choosing a mattress that’s been hand-crafted by expert artisans, tailored to your height and weight, and optimised to provide you with the perfect blend of support and comfort you need to sleep soundly.

Your mattress should enrich your life, and the association of being “cheap” should never have any place when it comes to how you sleep.

For more information, get in touch on 0161 437 4419.

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